Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
Art Challenge: Doodles & Marks as a Focal Point
Journal Prompt: "Coming into Focus
This photo is very deceiving because it is no longer a visible part of my page! It is one of the covered layers. Yes, completely covered. I liked the branches and the background but that is where it ended. I just couldn't live with the page so I covered the whole thing and started over.
Here is where i covered everything. I liked this alot. Then I doodled on the page in color and it came out nasty. Seriously, nasty. I don't even have a photo of the nastiness because I grabbed my paints and covered it up.
And I started AGAIN!! There may have been some under the breath ranting.
What I learned from my myriad of mistakes is that the doodling needed to be on white paper and to sit above the thick background. I doodled in the sketchy style that I am currently exploring. I cut them out and placed them across the page. Better! Whew!
I used black cardstock with white pen for my sentiment as a contrast to the flowers. I love how that looks and it makes me wonder what it would be like to make the flowers out of black cardstock! Hmmm. I like that idea...
There are many different kinds of marks in this background.. There are green arrows, white lines, pink lines, pencil rows of x's and pencil scribbles. Marks are scribbly, loose "doodles" or textures found in the background. Both Roben-Marie and Rae use lots of marks in their journal pages every week. You can definitely look to them as inspiration.
This week for me was about trying things out and failing. In the failure, there is always a lesson. This lesson was to FOCUS on the learning, the perseverance and not on the failure. It is so easy to get stuck in the "I hate this page" or the "This is not what I envisioned". Real learning is pushing past that and moving on to the "I learned a valuable lesson and I am all the better for it!"